EVs: Car parks sought for solar and storage vehicle-to-grid trial

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An InnovateUK-funded project to demonstrate how electric vehicles could play a role in stabilising the UK power system seeks six trial sites.

The project will combine solar, storage and smart technology. It wants to prove that large numbers of vehicles can be charged in different types of destinations – such as public and retail car parks, hospitals and train stations – without breaking the grid or requiring major upgrades.

It also hopes to show that commercial returns from vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services are viable. This involves using the cars’ batteries to provide various services – either to local or national grid operators, or in wholesale and balancing markets when prices spike.

The target is to involve 150 V2G enabled vehicles – which effectively means Nissan’s Leaf or e-NV200.

The consortium comprises Turbo Power Systems (TPS), system integrator Flexisolar, Smart Power Systems and energy aggregator Flexitricity.

As well as working out how to best optimise assets and demonstrate business models, the project will deploy new types of power converters designed to allow capacity sharing between the different resources, and will also develop a new type of bi-directional charger.

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